Every day I try to pick apart a new song.

First I try to get the melody. Then the chords. Then I attempt a functional analysis. Finally I try to zoom out a bit further and "see what is going on".

But frequently I find myself in unfamiliar territory. For example yesterday I was trying Scarborough Fair and it doesn't fit into any pattern that is familiar to me.

Is it appropriate to ask a question pertaining to particular song or passage on this forum?

I suspect not, because it would create lots of "what is this device?" type questions.

But regardless, I would like to know what other resources are available on the Internet.

While this might for foul of SO's "No list type questions" guideline, I think such a list would be of value to many.

Could responders please put one resource per answer? Then the best resources will eventually float towards the top through the voting engine...

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I think this is a good place for such questions. I've posted the question about harmonic analysis on this forum, and got a satisfactory answer.

In terms of resources, check out Hooktheory. You can find there many harmonic analysis of popular songs.


Scarborough Fair, being a traditional (some say it's a traditional English folk song) was composed using a scale (Dorian) and chords built on that scale -if you began to study music theory with a basic classical harmony analysys, I suppose this song lacks a Dominant (is this the question?) , well - I think it's pretty safe to say that the "D major" here, has got the same function of a dominant, to prepare the listener to feel that soon the song is going to come back to the tonic (which is E minor) - Dorian is a minor scale and it's been used for ages in all Europe, since, but also before Middle Ages

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